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Connecticut to provide free and low-cost flu shots

Connecticut to provide free and low-cost flu shots

Good self-care including drinking lots of fluids, getting plenty of rest, and taking over-the-counter medications for relief of symptoms such as fever and congestion is all that is needed for most people in this group.

Between 600,000 and 2.4 million state residents will get the flu this year, and 120 to 2,000 will die of complications from the virus, the Health Department estimates.

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According to a press release, since October 1, there have been 393 confirmed cases of influenza in Cayuga County - that's compared to only 48 cases during the same time period a year ago.

Doctors still suggest you should get your flu shot. Yolo County Public Health Officer Ron Chapman said influenza numbers have gone up locally, or at least, "influenza-like illnesses" have emerged in greater numbers.

Berks County continues to lead the pack in the region for flu cases.

The Division of Public Health has confirmed the third flu-related death in DE since the start of the 2017-2018 flu season in October. "It's a common illness that can spread quickly from person to person".

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So far this year, the flu vaccine has been 30 percent effective, compared to an average of 40 percent effectiveness over the last 13 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Yolo has avoided the spike, but Chapman said the percentage of positive flu testing has been the worst in years.

Studer also urged people with milder symptoms to go to outpatient clinics and only those with the most severe symptoms to go to a hospital. "These two types of dog flu are both from different species, but in H3N2, dogs can actually carry for up to 24 days". It's imperative that people over 65, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions protect themselves against the flu.

Flu vaccines are available through your doctor, and most health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine.

The burden of seasonal flu in the United States varies widely from year to year, depending on which viruses are circulating, when the season starts and finishes, how well the vaccine is working, and how many people have it.

This year's flu season has been ne of the more active seasons of recent memory, with the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases calling the season "very active." Flu shots may not prevent the illness altogether but will lessen the severity and duration. You might consider prescription antiviral drugs like Tamiflu if your flu is particularly nasty, but otherwise you can rely on over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen for the aches and pains and dextromethorphan if you have a cough.


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